Khenpo Shenga

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mkhan po gzhan dga'
Khenchen Zhenphen Chokyi Nangwa
mkhan chen gzhan phan chos kyi snang ba

The Great Khenpo Shenga

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Khenpo Shenga, Shenpen Chökyi Nangwa (1871-1927). The renowned scholar and adept Khenpo Shenga was the reincarnation of Gyalsé Shenpen Thayé, an influential Nyingma master of the early 19th century associated with the Longchen Nyingthik teachings and Dzogchen monastery. His predecessor's works greatly impacted Nyingma study and practice. Shenpen Thayé founded Dzogchen Monastery's Sri Singha Monastic College, a famed center of Nyingma scholarship. He helped establish an emphasis on monastic discipline within the Nyingma, which has historically been less grounded in monasticism than Tibet's other three lineages. He also gathered the Kama teachings, the Nyingma lineage's canonical scriptures, into one collection. Khenpo Shenga followed in his predecessor's footsteps by further strengthening the Nyingmapa traditions of scholarship and monastic discipline.

Khenpo Shenga’s main achievement was the large body of commentarial literature he composed. His most important works concern the Thirteen Great Treatises, texts composed by Indian Buddhist masters concerning core Buddhist topics, from the Vinaya to Madhyamaka. These treatises comprise the main curriculum of Nyingma monastic colleges. Khenpo Shenga's commentaries on these texts remain amongst the most widely studied texts in these institutions.

འཕགས་ཡུལ་མཁས་པའི་དབང་ཕྱུག་ཟླ་བ་གྲགས། །
In the noble land of India you were the learned mighty Lord Chandrakirti
གངས་ལྗོངས་འཇམ་པའི་དབྱངས་དངོས་ཀུན་མཁྱེན་རྗེ། །
In the snowy land of Tibet you were the Omniscient Lord, Manjushri manifested in person,
དབྱེར་མེད་ཐུགས་རྗེའི་ཡང་སྤྲུལ་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས། །
Your compassion again manifested as a spiritual guide, inseparable from them,
གཞན་ཕན་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྣང་བར་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས།། །།
Shenphen Chökyi Nangwa (Khenpo Shenga), to you I pray!

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